New ‘fraud squad’ to crack down on criminals who steal taxpayer money

HM Treasury (by PSP) The Chancellor has announced that a new fraud squad, recruited from data analytics experts and leading economic crime investigators, will crack down on criminal gangs who rip off the taxpayer.Operational in July and based in the Cabinet Office, the new £25 million “Public Sector Fraud Authority” will double funding for the … Continue reading New ‘fraud squad’ to crack down on criminals who steal taxpayer money

Removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

Vaccination as a condition of deployment revisited as Omicron replaces Delta as dominant variantLegal requirement for health and social care staff to be double jabbed to be removed, subject to consultation and Parliamentary approvalVast majority of health and care workers vaccinated but remainder are urged to Get Boosted Now as a professional responsibility Regulations making … Continue reading Removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

The 2022 annual report on the National Insurance Funds

Focus on the National Insurance Fund The Government Actuary has published the annual report on the National Insurance Fund (NIF) for Great Britain. The report: projects contribution income, benefit payments and the balance of the NIF over the coming financial yearsis a source of information for MPs who scrutinise the government’s draft legislation for up-rating … Continue reading The 2022 annual report on the National Insurance Funds

Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

Care workers, care assistants and home care workers to become eligible for Health and Care Visa for 12 month period Care staff to be added to the Shortage Occupation List in response to pandemic pressuresVisa Boost complements £462.5m investment in Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund Thousands of additional care workers can be recruited to boost … Continue reading Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

Record numbers study nursing and midwifery

Record numbers of students accepted places to study nursing and midwifery in England this year for the second year running. The figures from this year’s admission cycle show 30,185 acceptances, an increase of 1.5% (445) compared to last year when there were 29,740 acceptances. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid: It … Continue reading Record numbers study nursing and midwifery

Those pregnant urged to be vaccinated

Data is showing that 17% of the most critically ill COVID-19 patients are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated. Professor Christ Whitty states: ‘COVID-19 is dangerous for pregnant women and their babies. The medical advice is clear: it is much safer to be vaccinated against COVID than get COVID if you are pregnant or … Continue reading Those pregnant urged to be vaccinated

Prisoners recycle bikes for hospital staff

Prison programme encourages inmates to repair and recycle over 900 bikes for hospital staff and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, helps prisoners gain new skills and turn their lives around. The project run at HMP Hewell and HMP Aylesbury, not only helps recycle bikes, but also provides specialist training to prisoners helping them gain skills and … Continue reading Prisoners recycle bikes for hospital staff

Autumn and winter Covid plan

The UK Prime Minister has …set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter. Boosters, testing and refreshed public health advice will help keep the virus under control in the coming monthsPlan B prepared to protect NHS if necessaryPM continues to warn the pandemic is not over and public need to remain … Continue reading Autumn and winter Covid plan

New 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy – National Insurance and Dividends

Prime Minister pledges to tackle NHS Covid backlogs and cut waiting times with £36 billion for health and social care‘Responsible, fair, and necessary’ action to provide the biggest catch-up programme for the NHS and reform to adult social careNHS capacity to increase to 110% of planned activity levels by 2023/2024: more appointments, treatments, and operationsSocial … Continue reading New 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy – National Insurance and Dividends

One in 12 key workers do not qualify for statutory sick pay

A third of key workers (33%) say they do not get full sick payA quarter of key workers (24%) say they get only £96pw statutory sick payExtending sick pay protection to all workers would cost the same as just 1% of the test and trace budget Analysis published by the TUC shows that one in … Continue reading One in 12 key workers do not qualify for statutory sick pay

Staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes consultation

Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus. Consultation launched on making COVID vaccination a condition of work for people who are deployed in these homesCare home workers urged to take up offer of a vaccine now to keep … Continue reading Staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes consultation

Visas extended for thousands of frontline health and care workers

Thousands of crucial frontline health workers and their dependents will be granted free visa extensions, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced today. This free one-year visa extensions will automatically be granted to eligible overseas health and care workers whose visas were due to expire before 1st October 2021. Since starting the free extensions last year, … Continue reading Visas extended for thousands of frontline health and care workers

All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home as schools return from 8th March 2021. Tests can be ordered and collected from local sites, or administered through workplace testing programmes. Getting a rapid test … Continue reading All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched

New agreement ensures the rights of UK residents to access emergency and medically necessary care when travelling in the EU will continue. UK’s new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched as part of UK / EU dealGlobal Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) UK residents will now be … Continue reading Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched

Significant uplift in key public sector jobs

Boris Johnson reaffirmed his commitment to boost the numbers of teachers, police officers, nurses and other public sector workers. NHS recruitment drive boosts the number of doctors by more than 6,000 and nurses by 13,000.Almost 6,000 police officers have been hired as part of the Government’s commitment to reach 20,000 additional officers by the end … Continue reading Significant uplift in key public sector jobs

Importance of COVID-19-secure workplaces

A consensus statement on the best approach to reduce risk for workers, including those of ethnic minority groups, has been issued by PHE, HSE and FOM. Public Health England (PHE), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) have issued a consensus statement on the best approach to reduce occupational risk for … Continue reading Importance of COVID-19-secure workplaces

Employer duties for those instructed to self-isolate #coronavirus #COVID19

The government have put in place measures for employer requirements to support those who have been instructed to self-isolate. Breaches can be punishable by fines and penalties: Make sure your workers self-isolate You should help your employees self-isolate if they: have coronavirus symptoms and are waiting for a test resulthave tested positive for coronavirusare a … Continue reading Employer duties for those instructed to self-isolate #coronavirus #COVID19

Pay rises for the public sector

Public sector workers, including doctors, teachers and police officers, will see above inflation pay rises this year, the Chancellor has announced today. Reflecting the vital contributions public sector workers make to our country, these pay rises cover the Armed Forces, teachers, police Officers, the National Crime Agency, prison Officers, doctors and dentists, the Judiciary, senior … Continue reading Pay rises for the public sector

Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

HM Revenue and Customs have updated guidance (6th July 2020) in relation to 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests' and 'Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)'. Then a further update was applied on 8th July removing the section on ‘Coronavirus (COVID19) tests. Expenses and Benefits during COVID-19 The following was removed on Wednesday 8th July 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests Coronavirus … Continue reading Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

Volunteer fuel and mileage costs #COVID19 #coronavirus

Some employers are supporting furloughed employees who volunteer for charities and to support organisations such as the NHS etc. HMRC have clarified the tax position of reimbursements by the employer for fuel and mileage costs associated with volunteering. HMRC confirm 6th May 2020 the following: To support volunteer work by your employees, you may agree … Continue reading Volunteer fuel and mileage costs #COVID19 #coronavirus

NHS returners being targeted by unscrupulous tax avoidance schemes #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tax-avoidance-promoters-targeting-returning-nhs-workers-spotlight-54 ..’unscrupulous promoters of tax avoidance schemes are targeting workers returning to the National Health Service (NHS) to help respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ ....All of these schemes have one thing in common and that is to attempt to disguise the true level of your earnings, which would ordinarily be subject to Income Tax … Continue reading NHS returners being targeted by unscrupulous tax avoidance schemes #COVID19 #coronavirus